Mujuru's ouster: Fresh details

HARARE - The ouster of former Vice President and  now Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) leader, Joice Mujuru, from both the ruling Zanu PF and the government was “a well-choreographed” move that was personally planned by President Robert Mugabe, a former Zanu PF youth official has claimed.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, former Zanu PF provincial youth chairman for Mashonaland Central, Godfrey Tsenengamu, said party followers, including youths, were pushed by Mugabe to attack the popular widow of the revered late liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru.

“My attack of Mujuru and the senior leadership of the party which included Simon Khaya Moyo, Webster Shamu, Didymus Mutasa, Sydney Sekeramayi, David Parirenyatwa, Nicholas Goche, the late Amos Midzi, Tendai Savanhu, Ray Kaukonde and Paddy Zhanda on Friday August 15, was a rehearsed piece with the president himself.

“We did that on Wednesday evening, August 13, 2014, where he encouraged us to take Mujuru and her team head on and we believed he (Mugabe) was under genuine attack,” Tsenengamu claimed.

Mujuru’s 42-year association with Zanu PF was ended in the run-up to the ruling party’s hotly-disputed 2014 congress, when she and other former high ranking officials were expelled on untested allegations of plotting to oust and assassinate the nonagenarian.

“It was after the national youth conference where the first lady’s candidate in the youth league elections, Tongai Kasukuwere, was defeated by ... Mujuru’s then candidate-turned-traitor (Kudzanai) Chipanga.

“Mugabe for those of you who still remember, spent the whole part of the night at HICC (Harare International Conference Centre) waiting for the results.

“He assumed that Tongai was going to win and was disappointed when his preferred candidate lost and by that time all of us were in support of Tongai because we had been told all sorts of things that ... Mujuru was allegedly planning against the president,” Tsenengamu said.

He also revealed that the youth had subsequently been invited to State House for a meeting with Mugabe.

“We were taken to State House on a Wednesday where we met Mugabe. It was myself, Godwin Gomwe, Edmore Samambwa, Washington Nkomo, Tamuka Nyoni,  Vengayi Musengi and Khumbalani from Bulawayo. We were also accompanied by Tongai Kasukuwere, Edison Chakanyuka and Luis Matutu.

“We met Mugabe in his office at State House and when we got there, he asked us what had transpired at the national youth conference,” he said, adding that Mugabe had also allegedly told them how he had “grilled” former Gender minister Olivia Muchena and ex-Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire in the Cabinet on the same day.

“He said to us ‘fear no one’, saying he was the only one who was elected and that all the other people were appointees and he could dismiss them any time. He said we must feel free, and given that ‘open cheque’, we started criticising Mujuru and her admirers in the party.

“In the meeting, he explained that he was under siege and as youths we believed that it was our duty to defend the president. When we stood up to go, he banged his table and said Zanu PF is not for an individual but for the people,” Tsenengamu said.

After that meeting, Mugabe also allegedly asked the youths to “expose Mujuru” and her allies at their next gathering, which was on a Friday.

Tsenengamu said that when they entered the boardroom at State House on that Friday, Mujuru and her team had been stunned by their presence.

“I was on suspension and despite that Mugabe recognised me as the official chairperson of Mashonaland Central Province. During the stage-managed meeting, Mugabe did not even greet his comrades.

“To his right was Mujuru and to his left Khaya Moyo and Mutasa. He went straight to his issue and asked us to set the ball rolling.

“Matutu accused Mujuru of wanting to remove the president and he said he was supported by Moyo and Mutasa.

“Temba Mliswa stood his ground and tried to defend himself but because the president had already taken his decision, he failed.

“Khaya Moyo stood up and nearly cried. He denied the allegations. We asked them to sort their things out, an aspect which led to Mujuru’s expulsion.

“From mid-2015, I felt I couldn’t live with what I did to innocent comrades anymore as my conscience kept on troubling me and I decided that I should say it out and personally vowed that never again will I allow myself to be used on individualistic missions by Mugabe, his wife or his allies,” Tsenengamu said.

Comments (6)

Mujuru's ouster would not have happened if Zimbabweans or ZANU PF were fully aware of the deception in the United Nations Charter that was crafted by the former slave and colonial masters in 1945 to continue exploiting Zimbabweans and Africans and their resources. Until this deception is brought into the open for the ordinary Zimbabwean to see, the complexity of the socio-economic and political problems faced by former African colonies will never be understood. There is deception when UN sponsored organizations in Africa talk about , people, human rights and development for all. All these terms are used primarily to benefit white people through the exploitation of Africans.

ADF - 5 August 2016

maizviita mese muchitambudza ma zimbabweans kwenyu kuda mari here here muri vatengesi gochanai mega isu tisiyei nenhamo yedu

masvingo - 5 August 2016

Majamuka, hamuchatya, hamuchada. If only we had listened to Edgar Two Boy Tekere when he fought single handedly to fight Robert Mugabe's attempt to impose a one party state we would have been far wiser and our country which was twice the size of the Zambian economy in 1998 would not be were it is now a mere 25% or a quarter of the Zambian economy. (I understand the Zambians are garnering 2.1 BILLION US DOLLARS in new investments each year).And the truth is Mugabe looks after his own. Look at Professor Moyo who is said to have four farms, look at Kasukuwere who is using his local funds to build a 50 bedroom mansion, Chombo, Chiyangwa ad nauseam. The youth have a duty to fight for a better future not by taking stones or arms by ensuring that all eligible youths register to vote. Mugabe has been rigging the election by ensuring that every rural person is registered. In this way he gets to allocate more sits to the rural areas and on election day commandeers the electorate like sheep to the slaughter led by headmen who are specially paid for the day. Anyway, the registration of all urban youth will result in a shift of the number of sits in favour of urban centres. Zimbabweans, let us get moving WHATSAPP messages while refreshing and educating will not win an election. Let us claim our country back from Robert Mugabe who thinks it his personal toy.

Bhora Mugedi - 5 August 2016

han'a nani chidhoma chekwachivi? mai iyi yaiba ichidziirwa iri kuzanu zvakaiwana.

josphat mugadzaweta - 5 August 2016

@tsenengamu,can yu please come back and hound mnangagwa

truth - 5 August 2016

Shameful but @truth Mnangagwa is not a lolipop.You want to create space for exceedingly corrupt chancers to push away a party stalwart? Shame!!

Membathisi - 5 August 2016

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